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About the authorCathy Caridi, J.C.L., is an American canon lawyer who practices law and teaches in Rome. She founded this website to provide clear answers to canonical questions asked by ordinary Catholics, without employing all the mysterious legalese that canon lawyers know and love. In the past Cathy has published articles both in scholarly journals and on various popular Catholic websites, including Real Presence Communications and Catholic Exchange.
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Category Archives: Marriage
Our Priest Cancelled Our Wedding, So Who Else Can Validly Marry Us?
Q: My fiancé and I have been engaged for about a year, and long ago we had planned to marry on April 25. As you can probably imagine, our parish priest cancelled the wedding entirely, citing a directive from the … Continue reading
Posted in Marriage, Rights of the Faithful, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, liceity, licit, marriage, parish, parish priest, valid, validity, wedding Comments Off on Our Priest Cancelled Our Wedding, So Who Else Can Validly Marry Us?
If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part III)
Q: Neither me or my wife are baptized, but we both desire to be and plan on going through the RCIA process in order to do so. I believe I understand that our marriage is valid according to natural law … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, marriage, non-catholic, wedding Comments Off on If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part III)
How Do you Fix an Illicit Sacrament?
Q: I recently read your post titled “Can Catholics Marry in any Parish Church They Want?” To my dismay, I learned for the first time that if a wedding takes place outside the parish of residence, permission for the wedding … Continue reading
Why Can’t an Ex-Catholic Marry Validly Outside the Church?
Q: Over ten years ago, there were two weddings of ex-Catholic friends outside the Church that I decided to attend, because I considered their membership in other Christian denominations to be a formal renunciation of the Church. I figured that … Continue reading
Posted in Canonical Issues Involving Non-Catholics, Marriage, Sacraments Tagged annulment, canon law, Catholic, marriage, validity, wedding Comments Off on Why Can’t an Ex-Catholic Marry Validly Outside the Church?
Discovering an Impediment Right Before the Wedding
Q: My sister has an upcoming marriage in our Catholic Church in the USA. She is divorced for about 8 years now from her civil marriage. She did not tell her priest she was civilly married because she did not … Continue reading
Posted in Marriage, Sacraments Tagged canon law, Catholic, impediment, marriage, validity, wedding Comments Off on Discovering an Impediment Right Before the Wedding